Iowa Department of Transportation prepares for possible snow later in week

Published: Dec. 7, 2021 at 5:56 PM CST
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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - With the possibility of snow later this week, the Iowa Department of Transportation is getting its fleet of snowplows ready.

DOT leaders, in Le Mars, said watching that forecast is part of their preparation.

Troy Clouse is the highway maintenance supervisor for the Iowa DOT. He said, at the Le Mars location, they have ten plow trucks, and 2,600 tons of salt on hand. Clouse said they go through up to 50 tons of salt in one snowstorm. He reminds folks of the importance of staying safe if you encounter one of those plows on the road.

“We ask that the traveling public actually maintain a safe distance. To where they’re out of the swirling snow that the plow kicks up. Be very vigilant. Take your time. Plan accordingly,” said Clouse.

Clouse added they have a full-time staff but are still looking to fill four other positions.

“We do have enough people on staff for the storms. We’re having a hard time finding seasonal operators,” said Clouse.

If you’re interested in becoming a seasonal member of the DOT team, Clouse said you have to have at least a Class “B” commercial driver’s license. And, you’ll get the training you need if you’re hired.

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